Documentation & Books
mark at maseurope.net
Sat Jul 3 06:31:22 CDT 2004
I, too, have used HyperTalk extensively for many years, in many
projects, though I am not a professional or trained programmer, by any
means. I also have had my difficulties with the Rev docs, for all the
reasons others have put forward here. However, I finally stumped up for
the printed docs, and started simply browsing through them, pretty much
at random. It's been a revelation! I've discovered all sorts of things
I didn't know I could do, and all sorts of better ways of doing things
I knew I could do. As a result, I've begun to be able to make better
use of the online docs when actually working, since I have a much
better idea of where to look, because I have a better idea of the
breadth of possibilities in Rev.
I know that the printed docs are the same as the online docs, but the
ability to simply flick through and see what catches the eye has made
all the difference for me. Perhaps this has to do with being someone
who learns best by simply jumping in, screwing things up and then
gradually working out what I'm doing wrong.
My opinion of the docs now is that they are generally very clear and
helpful, though not quite up to the standards of the great Winkler and
Kamins HyperTalk 2.0 language reference, where every keyword, command,
constant and function was beautifully explained with a complete handler
demonstrating it's use...though given the far greater scope of Rev.,
this may not be possible, since some things are the subject of whole
books themselves...eg, RegEx, XML, TCP/IP etc.
So as someone who has struggled with the docs, I can heartily recommend
the printed versions, as well as monitoring this list, which regularly
throws up gems from the kind generosity of it's many contributors,
including those who simply ask questions.
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